LA Auto Show: Jaguar Exhibit Was Nothing But F-TYPE Goodness

Posted on 11.26.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Anyone close to me knows that I pretty much think the Jaguar F-TYPE is one of the best cars ever made in the last 10 years.  My only complaint about it was that it was first released as a convertible rather than a coupe like the C-X16 concept it was based on was.  Though, it was just a matter of time before the beautiful coupe was released.  In my mind that was it.  It was all said and done and nothing needed to be done to make the F-TYPE better.  However, quite a few people were not happy that the F-TYPE wasn’t offered with a true manual transmission.  Personally, I didn’t see this as a problem but I understand how many would want to row the gears on a car that is so clearly meant for people who love driving.

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Jaguar apparently agreed on the issue of the manual transmission and then went one further by also including an all-wheel-drive option from now on for the F-TYPE S.  The R model F-TYPE will come with AWD standard.  The manual transmissions will be options for rear wheel drive V6 models.  So, if you were hoping for an AWD V8 with a manual transmission then first of all you’re greedy, and second you are out of luck.  Me? I just have two more reasons to really, really want an F-TYPE.

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Oh, and one more thing.  As if announcing a manual transmission and AWD for the F-TYPE wasn’t enough; Jaguar also decided to bring their F-TYPE-based “Project 7″ to the LA Auto Show as well so yes lets all drool over that for a second. A modern take on the D-Type racing designed married with the beautiful F-TYPE lines? Please and thank you.  The 575HP supercharged V8 doesn’t hurt its chances to get on my dream car list either.

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LA Auto Show: The RC-F Coupe In The Lexus Exhibit Is Strangely Familar (Video)

Posted on 11.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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MotorworldHype.com was launched back in 2008 and to help us get the word out we partnered up with Lexus to style an IS-F sedan for SEMA that year.  My concept for the car was to go subtle but still remain performance minded and my ultimate goal/dream for the concept was for Lexus to take a look at it and want to actually produce it as a special edition.  That didn’t happen obviously but when I visited the LA Auto Show to check out the new RC-F coupe, lets just say I had a smile on my face.  If you want to know what I mean check out the video below and stay tuned for more from the LA Auto Show!

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LA Auto Show: Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition Is Exclusive And I Want It (Video)

Posted on 11.20.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Tucked away in a quiet corner of the LA Auto Show is one of the prettiest Italian sports cars I have ever seen! The Alfa Romeo 4C but not just any 4C, the Launch Edition! Only 500 of which will make it to North America. How is the Launch Edition different? Let’s take a look and find out.

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Video: Ken Block Hoons Los Angeles In Every Imaginable Way in GymkhanaSEVEN

Posted on 11.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I will let you guys in on a little secret.  I actually got to watch Gymkhana SEVEN early at an event over the weekend.  Then again, I posted about it on instagram and twitter so I guess its not so secret.  If you follow us (follow us! @motorworldhype on twitter and instagram!) then  you already know how I feel about the latest Gymkhana flick.  If you don’t then I will give you a quick summary so you can go ahead and start watching below.  This video is easily the best Gymkhana video yet!  The production value is through the roof!  They filmed at places in LA that most would have thought to be impossible!

One of my favorite things about Gymkhana SEVEN besides the production value is the nods and in-jokes about Los Angeles.  Ken visits famous locations, recreates moments in recent LA pop culture, and has some fun with another Los Angeles staple: Lowriders.  Its all really funny and entertaining to watch.  I think many people forget that Ken Block actually “writes” these videos himself.  That might sound weird that he “writes” for videos that have no dialogue but all the nods and jokes I mentioned were straight from his head!  Personally I don’t think the guy gets enough credit for his creative side (speaking of, keep an eye out for a few easter eggs!).  Anyhow, in summary Gymkhana SEVEN is a marvelous, obnoxious, maniacal, beautiful, love letter to Los Angeles.  You owe yourself to watch it below!

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2014 LA Auto Show: Scion Leaks Their Own iM Concept Car Ahead Of LA Auto Show…Because That’s How They Roll

Posted on 11.12.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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It happens every year.  An OEM will tease a car or concept that is going to debut at a up coming auto show and then anywhere from a week to a month before said show, said car leaks in all its glory.  The leak is usually a result of dealer documents leaking online or ninja photographers getting shots of the car as it rolls into the auto show venue.  Really there are all kinds of ways that a car can leak ahead of schedule.  Scion knows this just as well as the rest of us.  After dropping a teaser a few weeks back for their new iM concept interest in the car as been high.  They could feel the storm brewing, a leak was coming!  What were they going to do about it?!

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Leak it themselves! If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!  Today Scion decided not to wait for the inevitable “leak” and did a digital reveal of their new iM concept car ahead of the LA Auto Show (where it is supposed to “officially” debut).  In addition to giving us the full monty we also got a little background on the concept via a press release.  It looks like the theme for the new iM is to basically merge the practicality and comfort that comes with your basic commuter with edgy and somewhat aggressive styling that is commonly found on sports cars.  I actually like the idea myself.  Why should a daily “A to B” car look like a boring box?  It shouldn’t!  How do you like the iM concept?  Would you get one?  Let us know in the comments.  For now, click the thumbnails for a larger picture and for more info check out the press release below.  Also stay tuned as I will spend some time with the iM concept at the LA Auto Show coming up!

Press Release:

Modern and Magnetic: Scion iM Concept Car to Debut at LA Auto Show

European Racing Circuit Styling and Hatchback Versatility for Scion’s Adventurous Audience

TORRANCE, Calif., (Nov. 12, 2014) – Whether it’s exploring the mountains or playing at the beach, Los Angeles offers adventures off every freeway. Young people just need a vehicle to get them, and all their gear, to their destination in style.  The new Scion iM Concept car is designed with that in mind and will debut on Wednesday, November 19 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The iM Concept is a five-door compact hatchback with sporty looks inspired by those seen on the European touring car racing circuit. The concept brings in captivating styling with edgy, geometric grille inserts, deep air intakes and fog lights. The custom-blended “Incrediblue” paint is complemented by matte silver and gunmetal accents.

To create a grounded appearance ready for the road, the iM Concept has wide aerodynamics and a lower ride height. The performance inspiration carries through into the 19-inch forged alloy wheels and sporty performance tires. Vented front rotors and 4-piston calipers work with the adjustable height racing suspension to complete the racecar-influenced design.

“The tastes of today’s younger buyers have evolved. They want a car that provides excitement and individuality, as well as the comfort, technology and reliability that Scion offers,” said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha. “The iM Concept combines sleek styling with the versatility of a modern hatchback to catch the eye of Scion customers. Stay tuned for more on how we will bring this vision to the road.”

Scion’s press conference will be held at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19 at Scion’s display in the South Hall. To follow Scion news at the LA Auto Show use the hashtag #iMDriven or visit http://www.scion.com/blog.

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SEMA 2014: 100% Authentic, Legit, Complete Mugen NSX AKA The Japanese Unicorn

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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With all the Wide Liberty Bunny Rocket Body craziness going on at SEMA this year, my eyes were craving a car that was simple, clean, and classy.  I found that in spades with the car you see here.  What you are looking at is a 100% legit Mugen NSX!  Why am I so hyped about this?  Because I have never seen this before in my life ever.  Like, not even in a video game.  That is how rare this is!  While I have seen NSXs with a few Mugen parts on it here and there but I have never seen the complete set up like this.  In case you couldn’t tell I think that it is a thing of beauty.

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This car is proof that one does not need to go completely over the top to create an impressive build.  Clean and simple can still be just as eye catching as wild and wide.  I have posted a lot of awesome SEMA cars over the last few days but I would honestly take this one over quite a few of them.  Its funny how little is actually changed about this car yet all the changes equate to something that just seems levels better than a bone stock NSX.  I love everything about this car!  If you ever get to see it person then I highly suggest you take your time to admire it!

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SEMA 2014: Rocket Bunny Erry-Thang! The Rocket Bunny Lexus RC & Rocket Bunny NSX Take Center Stage

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Liberty Walk wasn’t the only Japanese widebody designer that was taking over SEMA this year.  Rocket Bunny was hopping all over the place as well.  In fact, there was so much Rocket Bunny craziness going on that there was an inter-show meme about it!  That is how popular the brand has gotten since it blew up with its kit for the FR-S/BRZ about a year or so ago.  These days Rocket Bunny is trying to get their paws on any car that they think would lend itself well to their unique designs.  Two of their biggest debuts at the show this year was their take on the new Lexus RC coupe and the legendary Acura NSX.

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This is a car I had been waiting on for a while.  I first saw renderings of it almost a year ago and I was immediately interested.  There aren’t many widebody NSXs out there that really capture the essence of the car but one glimpse at the Rocket Bunny treatment and I could tell they were going into this with respect.

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This look gives a strong GT vibe and I love that.  While some of the other Rocket Bunny kits seem to go more for a “street hot rod” feel with the rivets and such, with this kit it really looks like they were trying to go for an authentic race car aero treatment for the street.  One of my favorite things about it is that the front end is actually been converted to a clam-shell so the whole front end can be titled up to make it easy to work on the front suspension.  I love nearly everything about this car although I am on the fence about the wrap.  Sure, a chrome blue vinyl certainly pops but sometimes doing a chrome wrap can hide details which is something that this car has in spades.  The good thing about a wrap though is that it is not permanent.  So, I am sure at some point this car will be re-wrapped or painted in a color that brings out the car’s details a bit more.

 

Rocket Bunny Lexus RC 350 Coupe

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This car was pretty surprising to me.  Not just for its looks but for the sheer-spend in which it was developed.  The Lexus RC coupe has been out world wide for like 5 minutes and the Rocket Bunny team was already able to create a very elaborate package for it that looks as if it was in development for months!

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While I do like most of what Rocket Bunny did with the new RC coupe; I do wish there were less canards on it.  A few are fine but I think there is a little too much going on here.  Other than that I love the look.  The Enkei Wheels really set off the car as well as the paint.  I can see many Lexus RC owners flocking to get this kit.  In fact I would almost bet money that by the time the next Toyotafest comes around there will be at least 3 or 4 Rocket Bunny Lexus RC’s in attendance.   I am totally ok with that…

So what do you think of the two Rocket Bunnies you see here?  What make/model do you think Rocket Bunny should take on next?  Let me know in the comments!

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SEMA 2014: Mark Arcenal Reveals Fatlace x FRF Japan Porsche 997 Secret Project

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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It was a day or two before SEMA.  I had just walked away from my computer, confident that I had finally put together a solid list of all the cars I wanted to cover from the show; and then it happened… I get on instagram and see a post from Mark Arcenal (creator of the Fatlace & illest brands) with this crazy looking widebody Porsche with a caption saying “I lied. Here is my secret project”.  If you’re thinking that this was the point that I exclaimed an expletive then you would be correct.  However I knew this car was a must have on the list so I found out where it would be and sent my SEMA photo ninja after it.

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Despite my desperation to get shots of this car I admittedly do not know much about it.  What I do know is that the widebody kit design is all new and dubbed “FRF”.  I am speculating but I think this will be a new brand of body kits meant for modern Porsches as a sub-brand RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB) as typically the RWB brand deals more with older generation 911’s and not so much the newer stuff.  I also know that Mark Arcenal is working with Toshiya Ichiraku, the International Director of RWB to bring this FRF kit to the states in which Fatlace would be the exclusive USA distributor.  So, technically this kit isn’t here  yet.  In fact the car you see in the pictures was not built in the states but shipped to Las Vegas directly from Japan.  Although Mark did mention on instagram that they are taking pre-orders for the FRF kit but did not mention when the kit will officially release.  If you have a Porsche 997 and you’re interested in sporting the FRF kit then I would suggest hitting up Mark on instagram or contacting the RWB USA office and they may be able to help you out.

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SEMA 2014: Greddy x Garrett Turbo x Kolab Agency 1000HP Nissan GT-R

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What happens when you take one of the best Japanese tuners, a top tier turbocharger manufacturer, and a legendary all wheel drive sports car and connect them all with the help of a forward thinking marketing agency?  This crazy red beast you see in all of these pretty pictures.  About six months ago my good friend and CEO of the Kolab Agency Ernie Manansala Jr. sold his NSX and got a Nissan GT-R.  I figured he might do a few things to it but nothing major.  Then, one day he told me his new red Godzilla was going to be a SEMA project.  I thought “ok, he will go a little farther with it than I anticipated.”  That turned out to be a major understatement!

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One Rocket Bunny widebody kit, four Advan wheels, two Garrett turbos, every Greddy GT-R part available, and 1,000HP later you have a car that is so crazily awesome that it catches the attention of Kazunori Yamauchi.  Who is Kazunori Yamauchi? The godfather of the Gran Turismo video game series.  Kazunori-san liked Ernie’s GT-R so much that it actually won for “best import” at the GT Awards ceremony during the SEMA show.  Not bad for a car built in about 3 months!  You may have also guessed that those 1,000 horses aren’t just for show either.  Ernie plans to campaign his GT-R in a few time attack competitions in the near future.  Who knows, this GT-R might be the first car to win a GT Award and break a track record!

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SEMA 2014: Liberty Walk All The Things! Lamborghini Aventador, BMW M4, Liberty Walk Them All!

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Liberty Walk has really blown up over the last few years.  They started out with just a few unicorn cars that they worked on and shipped over to the U.S.  But after setting up a relationship with LT Motorwerks in California they have turned out quite a few projects.  This year at SEMA Liberty Walk and LT Motorwerks turned out at least 5 projects which includes the two Porsche 911’s we posted earlier.  In this post we are going to take a quick look the rest of their high profile SEMA builds.

Liberty Walk Lamborghini Aventador

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This was a build that I had been following for a long time.  Ever since Liberty Walk worked their magic on a Lamborghini Murcielago and Ferrari 458 I knew that an Aventador would be their next logical step.  One has to admire the balls it takes to cut up a brand new $250k Aventador for the sake of a widebody kit.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Liberty Walk’s treatment of Lamborghini’s flagship is sweet but if it were my car there is no way I’d do this!

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Perhaps that is why I admire this car so much.  It looks fresh, and it goes to a place that I could probably never go to myself.  The Forgiatto wheels really set it off as well and I really love the paint choice.  Maybe if I win the lottery I can just buy this car off the owner.  I am going to start working on making that happen…

Liberty Walk BMW M4 Coupes

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As if transforming a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, and a pair of Porsche 911s weren’t enough, Liberty Walk also wanted to take on BMW’s newest sports coupe.  Modifying the BWM M4’s bodylines and still making it look good is no easy task and LT Motorwerks did it not once but twice!  The M4 has a smooth organic look that at first glance doesn’t seem to lend itself well to external modification.  However, Vorsteiner pulled it off quite nicely with their GTRS4 conversion.  How did Liberty Walk do?

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In a word: nicely.  While it doesn’t quite have the harmony of what Vorsteiner did, Liberty Walk’s take on the M4 is pretty compelling to look at.  It kind of clashes with the factory design but in a good way if that makes any sense.  Its design forces you to look at it and admire the small details.  In the two examples here I think I like the white one the most.  The iForged wheels go nicely with the body modifications although I can’t argue that the chrome wrapped example that was parked in the Savini wheels booth is pretty nice to look at as well.  What do you think?  Would you go for this look on your M4?

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